Online Degree Now Offered

untitled design 10As of this year, the Psychology Department now offers a completely online BS degree program.  This  undergraduate program offers excellent training in understanding human behavior and the use of scientifically rigorous methods. A degree in psychology also serves as the foundation for various careers and helps you acquire skills ranging from communication and problem-solving to research, data analysis and computer literacy, among many other skills. The degree also allows students to complete a second major or a minor, often without additional hours. 

Dr. Larry L. Mullins, Director of Online Studies for the Department notes, “We are extremely excited about being one of the first Departments in the College of Arts and Sciences to offer an online degree program of this kind. In this way, we will be able to reduce the barriers to successful degree attainment for many Oklahoma students as well as those beyond our borders. This degree will set the stage for successful careers in a variety of fields such as mental healthcare, education, behavioral research, medicine, law, forensic science and marketing/sales”.

Kaylie Bechtel, M.S., is the primary advisor for the online program. Ms. Bechtel states that “This program provides access to the same high-quality education and courses found in the face-to-face campus setting without the hassle of coordinating your commute to and from campus. Our online degree is ideal for all types of students: full-time scholars, part-time students who also work part/full time, and students who seek to maintain a desired balance between academic and domestic responsibilities. Ms. Bechtel notes “I look forward to helping each and every one of my students discover the educational path that best aligns with their own vocational goals!” 

For more information about the online degree program in Psychology, please contact Ms. Bechtel at 405-744-2098 or kaylie.bechtel@okstate.edu or visit https://osuonline.okstate.edu/programs/undergraduate/psychology.html to learn more or apply.

Dr. Evan Jordan Selected as Outstanding Faculty

Evan Jordan Professional PhotoDr. Evan Jordan was voted by our undergraduate students as this year’s Outstanding Faculty member. Dr. Jordan joined the Department as a Visiting Professor in 2018 and was recently promoted to Teaching Assistant Professor. She teaches courses in Human Sexuality, Psychology of Mass Media, and Experimental Methods. Some of her undergraduate students have said:

“She is an incredible professor who teaches in an interactive way that keeps students engaged and she goes the extra mile to help relate the material to the class in a way it’s better understood.”

“She has a true passion for the subject she teaches. Although some of the material can be awkward or uncomfortable, she presents the information in a way that we can all understand. “

“Dr. Jordan inspired me to make positive change within my community and beyond. “

Dr. Jordan enjoys being able to teach students how to make connections between research and helping people, as it allows her to show students how research fits in with preconceived notions about psychology. Her goal as a professor and mentor of undergraduate students is to help students determine their own career paths, she notes that receiving this award is an indicator that “students appreciate her help.”

Department Head Dr. Thad Leffingwell added “We are so fortunate to have Dr. Jordan among our faculty. She exemplifies outstanding classroom instruction and personifies the student-centered approach that we value in the Department of Psychology.”

Clinical Psychology Program Wins APA Award

Oklahoma State University’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program recently received the American Psychological Association’s Board of Educational Affairs 2020 Distinguished Contributions to the Education and Training of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Psychologists Award. The award recognizes training programs that prepare future psychologists to promote optimal development of child and adolescent mental and behavioral health. Specifically, OSU has a long history of training child and pediatric psychologists in evidence-based practices through both in-house and state-wide training opportunities under the mentorship of a core faculty of six clinical child/pediatric psychologists. These education and training opportunities are centered on providing family- and community-centered care and research while taking into account individuals’ cultural backgrounds.

Graduates of our program have gone on to take positions at The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, Office of Juvenile Affairs, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, among others, uplifting families through direct care, research, and training other professionals. As part of receiving this award, OSU’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program has received $1,250. This award will be put towards continuing to provide these strong clinical training opportunities, with a particular emphasis on fostering our departmental value of diversity and cultural humility.